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Homework Help: A Problem About IVT and RT

  1. May 21, 2009 #1
    Using IVT and RT, work out an estimate for the smallest distance of the curve y = cos(x) + 1 to the origin

    i know intermediate value and rolle's theorem , but i don't know how to tackle this problem do you have any idea ?
  2. jcsd
  3. May 21, 2009 #2
    Try using the Pythagorean theorem and treat this like an optimization problem.
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